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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Aug 21, 2010 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Didnt see them mentioned.. not saying they were the best by far.. But Pearl Jam 91-93 put on some amazing high energy shows if you like there music.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 21, 2010 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

That was definitely one of the bands that came to mind for me. They still put on a great live show ... loved those mirror ball shows with neil.

stop making sense era t-heads and prior w/ belew as well as that crimson era belew (discipline thru 3 of a perfect pair) in early to mid 80s were great

the clash still remains one of the best live acts i ever saw

i would imagine miles w/ trane and cannonball adderly was pretty damn good on most nights...

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Poster: Hal R Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Funny, the ones you mention and Pearl Jam were the ones I thought of while out running errands. Belew plays pretty big on the best shows list here in 3 different bands. Speaking of King Crimson, The Great Deceiver box set from 73-74 is quite excellent.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 22, 2010 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Yep, I was thinking that someone would nominate THeads for late 70s and early 80s; they certainly get my vote. If we view LedZ/PinkF/Rush as early, mid 70s (er, Rush later, early 80s? sorry, dunno), THeads and perhaps the Police (?) would be possibilities for the late 70s early 80s? Though I think of the Police as radio hit after radio hit, many at the time raved about them live, and I've seen a couple of docu music flicks bout them that suggest they might have been darn good live.

I detest Sting's post Police efforts, but I don't know if many will agree, but I often considered him a top five bass player...my overly narrow and simplistic list at one time was JB, Phil, JackC, PaulMac, and Sting, though I know that's not going to make many people happy given all the greats with perhaps less pop bands I am leaving out, or even just the fact that I left out JEntw of the Who, and so on...

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 22, 2010 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Might not be too shy to admit I actually did a Dire Straits Mini-Tour one year and I must say that while they played basically the same set night after night the boys sure could fill an arena with sound and Mark Knopler's guitar technique is second to none. The man could and still can stand on any stage with any guitarist and hold his own. His solos are well crafted, Claptonesque, and ring with the clarity of genius.

And yea, Talking Heads - people round here still talk about the legendary show they put on at Forest Hills - really put Adrian Belew on the map, setting the stage for King Crimson's 1980's and oh, jesus did I mention a show I saw in Central Park 1983/84 when Bill Bruford reconfirmed his mastery at all things percussive and Robert Fripp held court like a chinese monk at his electronic alter, Belew a man possessed by his own guitar...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 22, 2010 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Love Dire Straits myself as well, at least the late 70s stuff...and, now, to "Kevin Bacon" our discussion, didn't Sting used to do harmonies on that tune of theirs, whichever it is, about "I want my MTV?", live at least a time or two? "Money for nothing"? Was that it?

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 22, 2010 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Ay, the tragic end of Sting as a reputable artist - I want My MTV!! No. I share your apprehension toward his solo work, although he always puts the finest bands together - almost too fine, I happened upon his christmas special last December on PBS and baby jesus didn't he have the finest looking collection of female violin, harp and flute players youd ever want to droll over. A 45- piece band to perform Silent Night and Oh, Little Town of Bethlem. Incredible stuff, but over the top of the top, in fact Sting is right this moment I am sure rehearsing a 79 piece orchestra to perform Every Breathe You Take on a massive floating boom in the middle of the Gulf, all proceeds of course to save the baby turtles he loves so well...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 22, 2010 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Ha! To really bring this thread down to the lowest possible level, I'll never forget hearing an interview of him about how "zen" he was, all flowers and light, calm, cool and psychic levelheadedness and what not...and what evidence did he provide as to just how well adjusted he was? That could maintain an erection during sex for up to nine hours. Was he serious? It seemed so at the time, though all the ladies--well, the one or two!--that have spoken to me about it said "how on earth is THAT a good thing?" while I keep thinking "I thought you're supposed to call 911 if it lasts four hrs?!" Of course, what do I know about such things--I am happy if my partner is aware the act is underway prior to crossing the finish line...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 22, 2010 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

"I am happy if my partner is aware the act is underway prior to crossing the finish line... "

That gave me one of the finest deep belly laughs I've had in awhile. Thanks.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Aug 22, 2010 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Live Bands...pick a three yr period and explain

Well done, WT - I'm not referring specifically about crossing the finish line part (as that is, well, normal?),but rather to your style of self-deprecating humor. Always brings a smile to my face, and that's half the reason I come 'round this place anyway. Glad you didn't bow out for good after Australia!